Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Magic Ball



Do you know what a magic ball is? It's a beautiful ball of yarn with special little surprises hidden inside. The theory is that as you unwind your ball of yarn while knitting one will come across fun treasures inside. It's like opening a present.




The sky is the limit when it comes to fiber choice. You can use any yarn you happen to have. I received the pink ball from a swap. My partner used bulky weight alpaca.



Think about the recipient and choose items they will enjoy. Things like buttons, charms, lip gloss, row counters and stitch markers always are welcome. Even some yummy chocolate hidden inside is nice. I am making one for a young girl who loves to crotchet.



I started with a cute pair of socks in the center. I'm using a yellow cotton yarn that's perfect for crocheting dishcloths. Wind the yarn around the item you have stashed inside.



Keep adding little treasures as you wind the yarn into a ball. Other idea's for surprises are any type of candy, jewelry, or a sweet little note.



Tie a pretty ribbon onto the ball or decorate with feathers, bows or floral birds. Adding a crochet hook or a set of knitting needles is a nice finishing touch. Each magic ball is unique and different depending on the recipient. Have fun! Create something lovely for someone you love!

14 comments:

Quiltersal said...

What a cool idea! I'd heard of them but never seen one 'in person' before. Your young friend will love hers! Thanks for sharing.

WhiteStone said...

What a marvelously clever and fun idea!

Renna said...

What an awesome idea for a knitter or crocheter's gift.

I am not a gifted person when it comes to choosing gifts for people. Some people have a natural nack for buying for others. My mom has that nack, and my daughter really has it, so I guess it skipped a generation! ;-Þ Anyway, this will be a great gift idea for me to give the other knitters in my knitting group next Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing it! :-)

Debra said...

I'm out of knitting groups-don't look at the magazines much either, so I've never heard of this. I love the idea. It's personal and fun too!
~Debra

Grace said...

ahhh what a great idea that would make a great swap!!

Wool Winder said...

What a fun gift to make and to receive! I'm filing this idea away for the future. Thanks for sharing.

stitching under oaks said...

what a wonderful idea...I have a friend who could use some cheering up...this would be great!

Liz said...

What a cute idea. I love this.

susan said...

this is absolutely brilliant! i love the idea! i will bring this up next time i go to rainbow gifts, my knitting haven and alpaca farm. would be a fun exchange.

Tea said...

Now, that is cool! What will they think of next? Thanks, I have to make one now. :)
Happy Mother's Day!!
Hope you have a great week!

LeAnn said...

What a great idea. I'm thinking about these for little "just because" gifts for my knitting friends. Thanks for sharing.

elizabeth said...

I have never heard of this, but I love it! I think I might do one for my knitting mom.

And it is so good to see you online again. I think I love blogging for many of the same reasons you do, most notably for the accountability to get things DONE! :)

Ariel said...

LOVE the magic ball and have always wanted to try that some day.

Thanks for the bunny compliment. This is the pattern. http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60635.html?r=1

crochethealingandraymond said...

I soooo want a magic ball!!! cool!!!!!
Yes, totally use the photos, thank you for asking! Nice one! I'd love to see the swap bizzo and maybe join in too???!!!! I've never done a swap and they look totally fun!